Book: Lullaby (Watersong Quartet 2) by Amanda Hocking
Original Release Date: November 27th 2012
Reading Format: Paperback
Edition: English edition published by TOR, December 6th 2012
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
This is a second book in a series. Beware of possible spoilers for the first book. You can find the link to my review of the first book above.
Beautiful but deadly, their song won’t let her rest
Gemma had to disappear with Penn, Lexi and Thea after a night of incredible violence on the island. She can still barely come to terms with her new affinity with the ocean – and the siren powers that go with it. Now she’s been transformed, Gemma has no choice but to leave all she loves behind. She swears she won’t lose her humanity, but the call of the sea is maddening and compulsive.
Harper won’t give up on her missing sister. The search draws her closer than she’d like to bohemian Daniel, but she could really use his help. They’d almost given up, until a small news item tells of a horrific murder in a nearby beach town, and Harper thinks she’s found the deadly group. But can Gemma’s curse be reversed – and what if she doesn’t want to come home?
I got the second book because I was expecting this series to be an entertaining read, but I was heavily disappointed by this second book.
Lullaby picks up just after the ending of Wake. Harper and Alex try to figure out what Gemma is now and how they can find her while Gemma is trying to figure out how to keep her humanity. The start to this book is incredibly slow. The scenes with Gemma and the sirens only were interesting because we got to know Thea a little. But with the exception of one scene with some information, there is very little Gemma actually learns about being a siren or the sisters backgrounds. They don´t explain to her how she has to feed on humans, just that she has to feed. Obviously that doesn´t go well. Adding in this kind of miscommunication bothers me, mostly as they need Gemma to survive as a siren. So why wouldn’t they give her all the information she needs to survive, whether she wants to hear it or not.
The scenes with Harper and Alex drag on. There are scenes that don´t add anything, like them calling on ghosts. That was such a pointless exercise. Honestly, this book isn´t even 300 pages, but the first half could have easily been cut, and you wouldn´t have missed it. I also wonder where exactly this plot is going except trying to turn Gemma human again. There are four books in this series, and it is milking the plot for all it is worth because the plot is so water thin in this book.
As for the characters, I have a bit of a dislike for Harper in this book. Daniel helps her to try and save her sister at the end of the first book, no questions asked, and she can´t even call him back and let him know how she is, let alone thank him for it. Thanking him does not equal admitting to liking him or wanting a relationship with him, Harper. It’s just common courtesy. I don´t understand why Daniel has any interest in her to be honest.
Alex is still very bland as a character. And his admitting that he has had a crush on Gemma for years I found a bit creepy considering she only just turned sixteen, and he is eighteen. And how young was she when he started crushing on her, really? Marcy is a side character, and a friend to Harper. One moment she gets on my nerves with her stupid remarks, other times her remarks make me laugh. Also she knows how to call up ghost (or so she claims) and they don’t even question her about this?
Again Daniel was the only truly interesting character. But even he became forced and cliché at some points, mostly in the romance portion of this book. Clearly though he is going to be of importance to the plot in the next two books considering the ending. I feel Thea can become an interesting character of what we have seen of her in this book.
Also can I voice my frustration about the chapter titles? Examples: Today, Logical and Fireworks. These chapter titles don’t add anything to the book at all.
At the moment I am not sure if I want to continue on with this series.